GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers is speaking with a heightened sense of urgency as he enters his 14th NFL season.
No critical words from the Green Bay Packers quarterback on Monday, a week after expressing displeasure with the effort from some young players during a portion of practice.
“I care about winning, No. 1, and I’m going to say and do the things that I feel like can advance us,” Rodgers said. “It’s going to be tough at some points. It’s not a popularity contest all the time.”
Rodgers said he expects to make his preseason debut Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. To earn the trust of the two-time NFL MVP, young receivers have to work hard consistently in practice.
“I’m not asked or needed to make personnel decisions, coaching decisions, schedule decisions. My job is to play quarterback,” Rodgers said. “That’s what they’re paying me to do and I feel like I’ve made them pretty happy. So, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Rodgers didn’t name names last week. But he did single out veterans such as receivers Randall Cobb and Davante Adams, whom he spotlighted as role models. Rodgers has also gone out of his way to praise the work of Jake Kumerow, a practice squad player last year who could still be a longshot to make the...